Where can I go to learn more about the Ticket to Work program?

Getting Hired and the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN) are partnering to support job seekers with disabilities in understanding the complex Ticket to Work program.

Social Security’s Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program has been around since the year 2000, with the intent of helping Social Security Administration (SSA) disability beneficiaries in their return to work.

Employment Networks are qualified entities that are contracted by SSA to support beneficiaries in finding and maintaining work. The goal of the program is to help beneficiaries who are ready, willing, and able to return to work at levels that will eventually (within 3 years) replace benefits, allowing individuals to return to self-sufficient lives again.

Introducing the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN):

The return to gainful employment, for individuals receiving SSA disability benefits, may be complicated and challenging. SSA recognizes these challenges and offer supports to individuals who have the goal of achieving financial self-sufficiency, through its Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program. Agencies providing employment services to SSA disability beneficiaries under the Ticket to Work program are known as Employment Networks (ENs).

ADEN is a national administrative Employment Network providing employment services to Ticket holders (referred to as Participants by ADEN) through a network of qualified providers across the country called ADEN Members. ADEN recognizes the importance of engaging employers in a meaningful way, and is focused on building a network of Employer Partners who are interested in diversifying their workforce by hiring qualified Participants.

ADEN is led by subject matter experts and is a division of National Disability Institute (NDI) whose mission is to provide a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. ADEN is interested in providing services that lead to the long-term financial stability of each Participant. ADEN offers the following core services to Participants at no cost:

  • Career Counseling
  • Job Search Support
  • Social Security Work Incentives Advisement
  • Long-term Employment Support
  • Financial Management Resources
  • Connection to Employers

“ADEN’s years of experience and expertise is a tremendous asset to our job seekers with disabilities and Getting Hired is thankful for their partnership in this educational effort” – Lawrence Wilde, Account Manager for Getting Hired.

If you are currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and are between ages of 18 through 64, Ticket to Work may support your employment goals.  To learn more about ADEN, including a listing of ADEN Members and resources, visit www.AmericanDreamEN.org.